Frequently Asked Questions (Answers Too!)
Church Worship Services
Where is the church located?
We are in the heart of Lake Jackson at 401 Yaupon St. Please see a map and other key information about our location here.
Where do I go if I'm a first time visitor?
To make it easy, we recommend that all visitors come in the main entrance on Yaupon St. The main entrance is a set of double-glass doors just to the right of the big blue "First Baptist Church" sign (see pic to the right). You will find a nice crosswalk from our parking lot and a wide sidewalk with handrails that ushers you into the building. Once you enter the building, you will be met by a greeter who can assist you to the Welcome Center. From there, helpful folks will direct you (even escort you) to your meeting place.
When are your main services and ministries?
For starters, visitors typically like to know the times of our worship services and Sunday School small group time. Our Sunday School for all ages is each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Our Sunday morning worship service is at 10:30 a.m. and our evening worship service is at 6:00 p.m. Of course, there is so much more going on. For more times, please see our full ministry schedule.
What should I wear when I come to church?
Whatever makes you comfortable. Our congregation is very diverse, as you will see guys wear everything from suits to jeans and casual shirt (and everything in between). We have ladies that wear dress pants and others wear dresses. It's not uncommon to see folks in shorts. Essentially, we want you to be yourself while being a part of a faith family that recognizes the importance of reverence and respect for our Lord.
Do you have a nursery for smaller children?
Yes. Please visit our Preschool Ministry page for more details.
What style of worship will I experience in worship services?
This is a tough one only because people tend to get tripped up by terms and preconceived notions. In our services, you will enjoy a balance of hymns, praise choruses, and the latest songs of adoration. You can expect to be lead by a worship leader assisted by an ensemble and a full choir. Our vocalists are backed by a fantastic five piece band complete with guitars, drums and keyboard and piano. At FBCLJ, there is freedom to worship whether you like to raise your hands, clap, shout or be perfectly still. We'll leave that between you and God!
You can also expect music specials like vocal solos or instrumentals. You'll see an occasional skit or video that compliments our time together.
Can I get a DVD copy of the worship service or sermon?
Yes. DVDs of services are available through the Music Office (297-2496) at a cost of $5 each. You may also visit our sermon page and view past sermons.
Are your worship services on TV?
Yes. Please see our TV schedule here.
How can I add to or delete someone’s name from the church-wide PRAYER list ?
Contact the Pastor’s ministry assistant at 297-2496 ext. 12 and she will assist you. We ask that you check to make sure that the person is agreeable to providing their name and any description of their condition.
How can I receive either the daily e-mailed or weekly mailed PRAYER list?
Contact the church office and specify which method you’d prefer. All we'll need is your name, email address or mailing address.
Where can I find promotional info to pass along to a friend?
We have information racks around our facility with brochures, free magazines, devotionals, promotional materials and more. We suggest you first visit our Welcome Center just outside the Worship Center in the main hall. There you can pick up the ever-valuable church bulletin full of informative details. Our welcome team can also point you in the direction of the information racks. Also, please forward our website to those who have access.
What is the church's telephone number?
What is the church's fax number?
What is the address of the church?
401 Yaupon St. Lake Jackson, Texas 77566
How do I find the church offices?
The main entrance to our church offices is on the Yaupon St. Look for the glass, double doors underneath the big blue "First Baptist Church" sign and marquee. Our offices are just inside those doors to the left. Signage will assist you once you enter the building. See picture to the right of our main entrance.
What are the office hours of the church office?
Weekdays 9:00 a.m. till 4:30 p.m.
Can I have my wedding at your church?
Yes. Please call the church office and speak with the pastor's secretary at 297-2496. They will be able to give you the wedding policies and any info regarding applicable facility fees. Calendaring restrictions may apply.
Is your facility handicap accessible?
Yes. From our ramps and rails around our buildings to our large elevators and wide halls, our facility is easily accessible. Our water faucets, bathrooms and classrooms are outfitted to provide the care you may need.
Does our church offer electronic tithing?
Yes. You can obtain a form from our finance office or download it here, complete it and return it to the finance office to have your tithe drafted from your checking account on the 5th or 20th of the month.
How do I order tithe envelopes?
Call the finance office at 297-2496 and ask to be added to our quarterly mailing list,
When is the year-end deadline for contributions?
Contributions that you would like included in the current year have to be postmarked by Dec. 31.
Is there financial assistance for children unable to afford to attend events?
Yes. Please call our Upward office at 297-2496 for details and qualifications. Typically we handle this on a case by case basis. We never want a child to miss out due to finances, so call us!
Do I have to be a member to attend your church?
No. Every week we enjoy visitors from all walks of life as well as frequent attenders who have not joined our church. Make no mistake about it, we believe God's plan is for every believer to belong and thrive as a member of a local body of believers. We are ready to assist you whether you are seeking to join our church or just "checking us out."
How do I become a member of your church?
There are four basic ways in which you would join the church:
1. Commit your life to Christ. (This means you have accepted or want to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.)
2. Join our church by baptism. (If you are coming as a new Christian who has not been baptized or if you are coming from a church of another denomination)
3. Join the church from another Baptist Church (If you want to transfer a membership letter from another Baptist church.)
4. Join our church by statement. (If your church membership record is not available for transfer, or if you were once, though not presently, a Baptist church member.)
If you are interested in joining our church family, we recommend that you come forward during the response time at the end of the worship service to indicate your desires. This is the best way to get plugged in and establish relationships quickly. You also have the option of communicating your intentions with a minister at your convenience.
How can I find out if my membership information is on file at FBCLJ?
Contact the Pastor’s ministry assistant at 297-2496 ext. 12 and she can provide you with that information.
How can I transfer my membership to another church?
Ask the new church to submit a request for letter of transfer to our church office and they will handle the rest. It is a good idea to follow up with the new church to make sure they have received and recorded what our office has sent them.
Ministries and Services
Do you have a church family meal served during the week?
Yes. We have a Wednesday Night Family Supper 5:00-6:00 p.m. each Wednesday night in the Family Life Center gym. Cost is $6 for adult plate OR $3 for child’s plate. Maximum cost per family is $20. Standing or one-time reservations can be made by calling the church office at 297-2496 or completing the designate form in our Sunday Bulletin. Please make or revise your reservation no later than 4:30 on Tuesday preceding the meal.
Please plan to eat in. “To go” plates are for those unable to attend.
Do you host Upward Basketball at your church?
Yes! We host Upward Sports year-round with Upward Basketball in the winter months of December-February, Upward Flag Football with Cheerleading in the fall and Upward Soccer beginning in the spring of 2014. Upward is designed for children in grades 1-6. For more information visit our Upward page!
Do you help people with rent/utility bills?
If you are a church member there are funds available for financial needs once you have completed the appropriate paperwork and met with a member of the Benevolence Committee. If you are not a church member, First Baptist Church supports an organization called the River of Hope that is associated with the Dream Center. Their telephone number is (979) 299-9464. They are open on Wednesdays.
Do you help people with food items?
Yes, we have a food pantry which we use to assist people on the short-term. If you are interested, you will need to come by the office and fill out the appropriate paperwork and someone will prepare a food basket for you.
Paperwork and Forms
Is paperwork required to reserve facilities, vans or to plan an event?
At a minimum, a Facilities Request Form must be completed. In many cases, a drawing of the desired setup is necessary. You may sketch this setup on the appropriate room diagram - all our facility diagrams and the Facility Request Form can be found on our Church Paperwork page. All forms are required to be submitted to the church office. Sorry, no electronic copies will be accepted.
Do events/camps require a medical release form?
Any event or camp in our children and youth ministries that involves travel requires a church medical and liability release form and some organizations with whom we partner (i.e. camps) also require additional forms. It is best to always have a form on file in the youth and children's offices. These forms are annual forms and are required to be updated each year. We also require proof of insurance to be on file.
Is a notary required when filling out youth and children medical release forms?
In the youth ministry, YES. In the children's ministry, NO. The reason for the difference is because our older students typically travel further and go to events where this is more of a requirement.
Can I just sign my student's form and send it to the church to be notarized?
No, our notary licenses requires that the form(s) be signed by a parent in the presence of the notary. Please come into the church office where we have notaries on site that can assist you.
Is a criminal background check required of those who work with children?
Yes. All adult volunteers with supervision or interaction with children or teenagers are required to submit to a criminal background check. If you are interested in serving in these areas of ministry, you may securely and privately complete an online background check here free of charge or you may fill out a paper form in our office.
Do I have to come to the office to pick up a medical release form or camp form?
No, you may either pick up a copy here at the church or you may visit our Church Paperwork page and download from there. You, however, must return completed forms to the church office as electronic copies are not accepted. Our office must have the original copies.
Do we need to provide proof of insurance with our youth and children forms?
If you have insurance for your child we would like a copy of your card so we may attach to their forms. This will help expedite things if we ever need to take your child to the emergency room.
How do I make an appointment with the Pastor or another minister?
Contact the Pastor’s ministry assistant at 297-2496 ext. 12 and she will help set up a time that is best for you and the pastor's schedule. If you would like to make an appointment with one of our other ministers, just call the church office and ask for that minister's ministry assistant and she can set up an appointment.
I heard that FBCLJ has a new pastor. Can you tell me more about him?
Chad Alexander and his family came as our pastor in August 2011. You can find out more about Chad at his staff page.
Upward Basketball League & Cheer League
Is cheerleading offered during both the basketball and flag football seasons?
As of 2014, we will be offering cheer during both seasons!
What is the height of the goal for my child's grade?
1st and 2nd grade is 8'.
3rd and 4th grade is 9'.
5th and 6th grade is 10'.
What size basketball should my child practice with?
We recommend a 28.5 inch basketball for all players. That is the size for all ages in our Upward league.
What color are the uniforms this season?
For the 2014-15 basketball & cheer season, our colors are navy and gold. One side of the reversible jersey is navy with white and gold trim, while the other side is gold with white and navy trim. Numbers are outlined in white.
When does the basketball season begin and end? What are the other keys dates?
PRACTICE WEEKS (Mon, Tue, Thu):
December 1-4, 2014
December 8-11, 2014
December 15-18, 2014
January 5-8, 2015
January 12-15, 2015
January 19-22, 2015
January 26-29, 2015
February 2-5, 2015
February 9-12, 2015
February 16-19, 2015
January 10, 2015
January 17, 2015
January 24, 2015
January 31, 2015
February 7, 2015
February 14, 2015
February 21, 2015
Sunday, February 22, 2015
When and how often are practices/games?
Upward Basketball is a 10-week season (See Key Dates). The first three weeks prior to the Christmas holidays consist of only one-hour practices. After the holidays, a one-hour practice and a one-hour game will be conducted for seven weeks. Practices will be on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday. Games are always on Saturday. Game times on Saturdays can vary.
Where are practices/games held?
Your child's team will be assigned a practice gym that you will use each practice. We are using First Baptist Church Lake Jackson, First Baptist Church Clute, Christ Lutheran Church and First Presbyterian Church for our practice gyms. Games for grades 1-2 boys & girls and 3-4 grade girls will be played at FBC Lake Jackson. The 3-4 grade boys, 5-6 boys & girls will be played at Brazosport Christian School.
Can I request that my child be on the same team as his/her friend?
No. We have no provision for requesting friends to be on the same team. Actually, we have no provision for linking kids in any way (unless two parents maximum coach a team). We believe this promotes the balancing of teams and also the kids making new friends!
May I coach my child's team?
Yes, provided that you complete the necessary steps including passing a criminal background check and attending mandatory coach training (and, of course, based upon availability). We'd love to have you join in! You can sign-up to coach here.
Where can I find rules specific to the Upward basketball league?
Click here to learn more about Upward basketball rules (you will be directed to upward.org.
Will my children be on the same team?
If your children are in the same age division (1st & 2nd Grade Division, 3rd & 4th Grade Division, and 5th & 6th Grade Division), they will automatically be placed on the same team. There is no need to request it. Otherwise, they will be placed on different teams in the appropriate division.
Are there other ways to keep up with Upward news and updates?
The very best way to keep up with our Upward league is to "like" our Facebook page .
Can I register my child at evaluation nights?
After the registration deadline, all registrants will be considered to be on a "waiting list" and subject to availability. By the time evaluations roll around, the waiting list is generally long and availability is slim. Whereas we allow you to register at evaluations, the chances are much lower than getting it done on time. Please help us by communicating this to your friends and to the community as we do not want anyone left out.
- Where can I find more information about Upward Sports?
Will my child tryout for a team, and how will he/she be placed on a team?
There are no tryouts in Upward Basketball & Cheer. Each child will attend a mandatory evaluation/orientation night (see Key Dates) where basketball players will be guided through a few skills and drills that help identify each child's skill level. These evaluations are designed to create balanced teams and give each player an opportunity to improve his/her basketball skills. Cheerleaders will go through a brief orientation. Each child will also have the opportunity at evaluations to fit for jerseys, be measured for height and handle outstanding balances.
Upward Flag Football & Cheer League
When is registration for Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading?
Registration for the Fall 2015 season will begin in May 2015.
When will the Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading season take place?
Practices begin in early September and games will be played Saturdays during September and October for seven games. Visit our Upward Flag Football and Cheer Page for more information on practices, games and evaluations.
May I sign up using a paper form or brochure?
No. Registration is ONLINE ONLY here.
Who can participate in Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading?
Upward Flag Football is for boys and girls in 1st-6th grade for the current school year.
Upward Cheerleading is for girls in 1st-6th grade for the current school year.
Where can I find your church's Upward Sports Facebook page?
You can follow all our sports here.
Can girls play flag football?
Yes! Depending on the registrations numbers, we will either have co-ed or separate boys and girls leagues if enough sign-up in each division. It's awesome and the kids and parents love it!
Can my daughter play both flag football and also cheer?
Yes. Girls can play on a flag football team and also be assigned a cheer squad that will cheer for a different team in one of the other divisions. Be aware that this could result in a busy schedule and we can not guarantee practices and/or games will be scheduled consecutively or on the same night.
Where will flag football games be played?
All Upward Flag Football games will be held at the Slade Complex at Brazoswood High School.
Where will flag football and cheer practices take place?
All flag football practices will be held at the large pocket park at the FBCLJ parking lot. Cheerleaders will practice in the FBCLJ gym and other big rooms in our facility.
How much does it cost to participate in flag football or cheer?
The registration fee for flag football is $70 with an optional $15 for shorts.
The registration fee for cheerleading is $70 with an optional $15 for a cheer turtleneck.
Welcome to the online home of First Baptist Church Lake Jackson, a church with a rich history and an exciting future! FBCLJ is a Word centered, mission minded, and family oriented church, located in the heart of historic Lake Jackson. Whether you are new to our community or you have lived in Lake Jackson for many years, we invite you and your family to join us for worship. It is our prayer that you will experience the love of Christ as you worship, serve, and fellowship with our church family at FBCLJ. Please visit our "I'm New" page for an extended welcome from our church family.
Chad Alexander, Senior Pastor
Chad Alexander, Senior Pastor